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What are the top five horse racing apps in the app store?

Above: Photo by Lauren Mauldin The digital age has opened up a whole new world of events that horse racing fans can follow, wherever they might be taking place in the world. Recently we discussed...

Saratoga Race Track Dress Code

Dressing for Saratoga and other race tracks For over a hundred years, the race track has been a place for elegance, style and high society. In the early days, it was all top hats and...

Healthy Recipes for the Avid Athlete: Better Alternatives to Horse Show Snacks

BY INTERN SARA SOMECK You’ve probably been there before. You wake up at the crack of dawn, eager to get to the horse show. There is no time to spare, so you run out of...

Three Sports that use Horses

Above: Photo by TPH Intern Vyla Carter The horse is an animal that is used extensively in the world of sports as they can be used in different forms. Powerful, strong and athletic, these animals...

Show Horses vs. Racehorses

Sports enthusiasts from all over come to watch horse shows and races alike. The audience for each is very different, just like the horses. Each have their very own unique set of skills. Many people...

New Strides in Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans

BY JESS CLAWSON Those of us fortunate enough to spend time with horses know how much they can challenge us, as well as how healing that time spent can be. For people like me who...

High Heels and Short Ponies: The Life of an Equestrian Pageant Queen

BY SKYELUR FESTA I grew up in a small town in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and have been obsessed with horses for as long as I can remember. I was always that girl who wanted...

10 Travel Tips for Equestrians

BY PUBLISHER PIPER KLEMM As someone who rarely spends a Friday or Saturday night in their own bed, traveling is a loved activity right up until… well, we all know what that...

5 Things to Consider When Designing an Equestrian Building

By Steve Wright Design for equestrian buildings is not like building for chickens, pigs, or other farm animals. Since most equine operations are meant for pleasure riding or show riding, there are significant differences in space...

Side Saddle is Back!

Read more from TPH's 2017 Young Horse issue by CLICKING HERE! BY PRUE DRAPER OSBORN While side saddle was de rigueur for lady riders until just over a century ago, interest has waxed and waned for...

Secrets of Social Media from Top Brand Influencers

Building a brand online can be a challenging process. Trying to get your voice heard, among an infinite number of other voices, seems like an impossible task, but with a lot of dedication and...

Learn the Basics of Polo

When most people watch polo, all they see are people on horses riding up and down a field, chasing after a ball while they try to score goals. Polo is not like “Pretty Woman”...

The Show Jumping Bucket List: The World’s Best Show Jumping Destinations

Above: Photo by Martinp It may come as no surprise that when we think of holidays here at The Plaid Horse, we think of horses and let’s be honest, you’re probably the same, right? But...

Jumping in Jockey Stirrups: Steeplechase 101

BY RENNIE DYBALL For most of us in the horse show world, the idea of guiding a galloping horse around at 35 miles an hour with your stirrups hiked up is a foreign, daunting concept....

Charities Among Us: Boots for Troops

SUPPORTED BY SHANE GEORGE, TRAINER & JUDGE • WRITTEN BY LINDSEY GEORGE ROGERS, CO-FOUNDER OF BOOTS FOR TROOPS My husband, Jimmy Rogers, came up with the idea for Boots For Troops while deployed on the USS...

7 Fun Activities for Your Barn Barbeque This Summer

BY INTERN KAITLYN YOURKOSKI In the midst of show season, we often spend a lot of times with our barn family and friends. As the nights get longer, it is the perfect opportunity for a...

Global Races that Compare to the Grand National

Above: Le beau monde a Longchamp, Prix de l’Arc. Photo by Jack Torcello. When the Cheltenham Festival is over, horse racing fans across the world start to look towards the Grand National. Held on the historic Aintree...

Top Apps every rider must have!

By Equo Smartphones simplify transportation and daily activities. A simple call or text message can connect horses with rides and update someone in the barn area as to what is taking place in an arena....